How to Put a Border Around Text in Word 2013

There are a lot of ways to add some visual cues to a Word document, and certain situations will call for certain solutions. If you have a paragraph or text blurb that you want to separate from the rest of your document, then you may want to add a border to that text.

Fortunately, you can add a border to a text selection with just a few short clicks, so check out our guide below to learn how.

Add a Border to a Selection in Word 2013

The tutorial below will assume that you already have a document with text, and that you simply want to add the border to existing text. Additionally, we will be putting a border around a paragraph, but you can select any amount of text to which you want to add a border.

Step 1: Open your document containing the text to which you want to add a border.

Step 2: Use your mouse to highlight and select the text around which you want your border.

select the text to which you want to add a border

Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the home tab

Step 4: Click the drop-down menu to the right of the Borders button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon, then click the type of border that you want to use. I am going to be using the Outside Borders option in the example below.

how to add a border to a paragraph in word 2013

Now that you know how to put a border around text in Word 2013, you can use this option to apply that formatting to text selections that can benefit from it.

Are you sending your document to someone that doesn’t have Microsoft Word, or to someone that specifically requested a PDF? Learn how to save as a PDF in Word 2013 and make an easy copy of your file in that document format.

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